In this newsletter, we are profiling Celo [CELO]. In previous newsletters, we have profiled Bitcoin, Cardano, Stablecoins, Uniswap and many others. Access all our newsletters in our archives at madcapx.substack.com.
The Short of It
Celo is going after the smartphone user with an aim to make crypto use simple and easy. 84% of the world population has a smartphone, which is 6.6 billion, almost double from 6 years ago. Could Celo move from its spot at #68 into the top 20 cryptos in 2022 and drastically increase its token value?
Celo was founded back in 2017, and its mainnet was launched in 2020. It was created by a team of developers from many top American universities, Google, Circle, Square, and VISA. Celo is an open platform that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Their main goal is to increase cryptocurrency adoption amongst smartphone users. The Celo Foundation, a non-profit organization, launched at the same time as their mainnet and is responsible for guidance and platform promotion.
The Celo ecosystem has two primary native tokens, namely CELO and CUSD. The CELO token uses Proof-of-Stake for consensus and is for paying transaction fees, staking, and participating in governance. It has a maximum supply of one billion tokens, with 60% in circulation at the mainnet launch. The remaining 40% is slated to be slowly released as rewards and via various vesting schedules. A full breakdown of the current and future distribution can be read here.
Transactions are currently configured to run at only 200 per second but theoretically can be changed to 140,000 per second. This makes Celo possibly be one of the faster smart contract blockchains. The codebase is based on a forked version of the Ethereum-go system, making it fully EVM compatible.
CUSD is their stablecoin which is pegged against the US dollar and is backed by a reserve of crypto assets. They also have another asset called Celo Gold, or CGLD, which has a fixed supply and is bought and burned or sold on a decentralized exchange to balance the peg value of CUSD. There are also already other stablecoins in the ecosystem, such as CEUR, with new ones being introduced via a governance process to ensure platform sustainability.
A user-friendly feature of Celo is the ability to use just your email and cell phone number as your public key. The Celo Wallet app interacts with the network’s smart contracts and lets you send tokens to phone contacts rather than long random character-based blockchain addresses. They also have the CeloTerminal software for desktop users. In these apps, you also have the ability to lock your Celo for up to a 5% validator staking reward. Notice that it takes three days if you wish to unstake.
A project like Luna could be considered a direct competitor. Also, fast and cheap transactions for smart contract blockchains are no longer uncommon, with projects like Solana, Fantom, and Avalanche. Can Celo’s “mobile-first” methodology cause them to become a significant player in the crypto ecosystem? Many other systems offer excellent mobile app experiences, but perhaps Celo pulls it off even better.
When we pull up the CELO/BTC weekly chart, we can see how it has been bullish throughout 2021. The spread between the bottom and top support lines is 100%. If you happen to buy ideally at the low in January 2021 sell at the end of August at the peak, you would have seen a gain of 446%.
When pairing CELO/USD going back to January, there is a similar uptrend that has yet to break. The lowest was $1.58 on January 5th, and from there, it went up 359% into a peak in April before going back down to close to lows in June. The all-time high of $10.95 was on August 30th.
The current support line is at $3.60, and the top is $8.50. If the short-term trend continues to bring the price lower, there could be an excellent time to test the waters. Though trend lines are there to be broken so always be careful to manage your risk.
The market cap of CELO is $1.7 billion, and LUNA as a competitor is at $25 billion. If it was to go to that level, we could see a 15x increase over time.
Here is some extra listening from a review done in September 2021 about the potential upside of adding Defi for 6 billion smartphone users.
The Other Trend Lines
The most searched coins last week were Fantom and Celo. On August 9, 2021, we profiled Fantom (FTM) in the newsletter. At that time, it was at $0.28. Today FTM is at $2.22.
The following chart and quotes are from that newsletter back in August 2021.
We can clearly see that it is still within the downward trendlines similar to FTM/BTC charts. Look for a break above the top resistance trendline. If it breaks, then we would be looking for the $0.32 previous higher peak to be broken.
That moment in history is that tiny little arrow in the next chart. Once it broke out of that downtrend, it went up 1214%. Today it is still up 687%. Once we finish this current correction, FTM could have a good push upward again.
This next chart has BTC/USD on the weekly chart. Bitcoin over the last eight weeks has corrected 42% from the peak. We are heading into a possible turn to the upside this week. If we keep this bullish momentum we started in late 2020; this would be the bottom area. Where BTC goes, so do most other crypto assets go.
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BTC/USD FUND is up 283% since October 1st, 2020. Since this is a long-term holding, it is best kept in cold wallet storage or a safe custody solution. We continue to see a long-term hold position as our best stable alternative. This past week bitcoin has been ranging between $39,650 and $47,557 USD in value.
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